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Double-Entry Accounting
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What is Double-Entry Accounting?

Double-entry accounting is a system used extensively in the construction industry, where every financial transaction has equal and opposite effects in at least two different accounts. The objective is to ensure the sum of all debits always equals the sum of all credits, thereby maintaining balance in the books. For example, if a construction company purchases building materials, it records the transaction as a debit in the inventory account but a credit in the cash account. This system allows for easier financial analysis, error tracing, and fair representation of a company’s financial position. This method also manages the complexity of financial transactions in the construction industry, increasing financial reliability and providing valuable insights on company performance.